Fans of rock & roll super group Led Zeppelin have been left crushed this week as claims emerged that Robert Plant had refused a £500 million offer from Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson to reunite the band. These reports have now been described as “rubbish” by Plant’s publicist.
Zeppelin devotees were left hanging with baited breath as rumours circled of a possible reunion tour, with Branson offering a “Whole Lotta Cash” to Plant, along with founding members Jimmy Page (guitar) and John Paul Jones (bass), to play 35 dates in 3 cities. It was also said that long-term fan Branson had declared he would rename one of his jumbo jets “The Starship”, which would be readily available to fly the band to their shows in London, New Jersey and Berlin.
News that Plant ripped up the contract in front of fellow band members sent fans and the media into frenzy this week, with reports claiming that Page, Jones and latest member Jason Bonham (drummer), son of the late John Bonham, had accepted Branson’s offer, saying it was a “no brainer.” Plant is rumoured to have said “it wasn’t the right thing to do” – a move that left promoters shocked. “They tried to talk him round, but there is no chance … his mind is made up”, a source told The Daily Mirror.
Earlier this year, Led Zeppelin entered the top ten of the Official UK Album Chart with the re-release of their albums IV and Houses of the Holy, remastered by Jimmy Page. Whilst working on promotion, Page commented on the unlikeliness of a reunion for the band, saying that one was “no longer on the cards … I’m not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says, so there’s not much more I can say about that.” He then went on to mention plans for a future solo tour where he would revisit Zeppelin material, as if ‘fed up’ of Plant’s refusal to reunite the band.
Led Zeppelin sit amongst the likes of Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC and Prince who are all rumoured to be headlining at next years’ Glastonbury Festival. Could Plant be holding out to announce their return to the world famous Pyramid stage? Or perhaps these are more vicious rumours.
All that is clear is that a comeback tour has been eagerly awaited by fans since the band last reunited in 2007 at the London 02 Arena. It seems they now have to wait a little longer.